Harper Adams named ‘best university experience’

Specialist agricultural institution Harper Adams University provides the best university experience according to students.

The Shropshire-based university has emerged top of the Times Higher Education Student Experience survey out of more than 120 universities.

Of the 22 measures 15,800 undergraduates were surveyed on, Harper Adams performed well across the board but topped the rankings for academic experience – above Oxford University, student welfare, accommodation, and industry connections.

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Harper Adams’ vice-chancellor David Llewellyn said: “To have come top in the university sector is a tremendous achievement. 

“It builds on our successes last year, and it continues our recognition as one of the leading universities for teaching in the UK.

“Our students have obviously responded to the survey very positively to bring this result about.”

State-of-the-art facilities

The Edgmond-based campus university offers state-of-the-art facilities and courses for undergraduate, postgraduate and lifelong learners in agriculture, agribusiness, animal, engineering, food, rural and land-based studies.

Last year Dairy Crest relocated its research and development divisions, including the £4m Food Innovation Centre, to the university.

The university holds the second highest UK university graduate employment rate of 99.4%, according to a survey into the destination of leavers from higher education.

Despite only achieving university status four years ago it is also the modern university of the year, according to The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.

It was also named the 2016 WhatUni Student Choice Awards University of the Year.